India’s captain Virat Kohli recently became the fastest ODI cricketer in the history to score 10,000 runs in the 50-over game. By doing so, he beat the record held by India’s own and Kohli’s idol, Sachin Tendulkar. Just weeks later, a Pakistani cricketer has demolished Kohli’s record in T20 international game.
This was after Pakistani batsman Babar Azam became the fastest cricketer to reach 1,000 in T20 international matches. Azam achieved this feat during a match against New Zealand on Sunday. The Pakistani opener scored 79 in 58 deliveries, but he demolished Kohli’s records when he reached 48.
This was Babar Azam’s 26th T20 match for Pakistan. Kohli had achieved the feat in 27 matches for India. Pakistan has won the T20 series against New Zealand, played in Dubai. His innings helped Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-0 in the just-concluded series.
A report by Pakistan’s The News, Babar Azam’s induction in the team has helped elevated Pakistan to the world number one ranking in Twenty20 internationals since making his debut against England at Old Trafford in 2016, when Sarfraz Ahmed took charge as captain.
Since then Pakistan have won 29 of their 33 Twenty20 internationals with only four defeats, taking their tally this year to 17 wins in 19 matches with two defeats.
The Indian selection committee has rested Kohli for the ongoing T20 series against West Indies. His three consecutive centuries had seen India beat the visiting team in the just concluded ODI series.
The Indian skipper is likely to return to represent his team in T2o games when the team travels to Australia later this month.